Whenever I open a book, the class falls silent, wiggly bodies settling, eyes shining in anticipation. How I wish I could spend my whole day reading aloud to my students! With an iPod listening station for our class, however, students will be able to listen to books they choose anywhere, any time.
My students are bright-eyed, inquisitive kindergartners and first graders who love to learn and are crazy about books.
They are a diverse group, including English language learners and students with special needs. Because many of their parents are middle class, our school district allocates very little funding to our school, under the assumption that middle class students already have an academic advantage. The irony is that these students come to school extremely ready to learn--and we teachers lack materials to meet them where they need to be met. In these tough economic times, even the middle class families are hit hard and may not be able to afford to supplement school resources. Every penny we can raise for technology for our classroom will mean a lot to these bright, learning-loving students.
I have requested multiple iPod Nanos for our classroom. I look forward to uploading audio books and recordings of myself (and my students!) reading books aloud on these great portable MP3 players. Right now we have a cumbersome, out-of-date listening center that requires four students to huddle around a single book on tape--which I have selected for them. With our iPods, during independent reading time, students can browse through selected books loaded on a Nano, grab a copy of the printed book, and read along with the text in front of them--anywhere in our classroom. For our students with special needs, some of whom need to move frequently in order to keep focused, this will be a special advantage. It will also help my English language learners, who can really benefit from hearing a fluent speaker reading in English. I foresee that EVERYONE will be extremely motivated to use these players and that their portability and versatility will be a boon to all my young, wriggly students.
With all the required subjects I teach in a day, I find, to my sorrow, that read-alouds are getting short shrift.
I'm lucky if I can get in one per day! With this great resource in our classroom, all our students will be able to listen to books above their independent reading level--allowing them to practice higher level comprehension strategies and to acquire a love of literature that will drive them to achieve even more as independent readers.Read More
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